Marlon James shares truths though the fantasy of new novel

By : wire report
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NEW YORK (AP) | Marlon James is in search of a definition.

“Myths are so suffused with monsters. It makes me think of the Latin root of monsters, `monstrum. What does `monstrum’ mean?” the novelist asks, seated at a Brooklyn coffee house, briefly forgetting the meaning before looking it up in a novel he’s been reading. “Ah! `Monstrum is a divine messenger of catastrophe.’ A monster is a harbinger.”

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Screened Out – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

By : Stephen Miller
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Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch

J.R.R. Tolkien’s creations are so well loved by so many that it genuinely hurts to say this film could be much, much better. Sure, every frame is amazing to look at, and the action sequences are a blast. But this epic tale’s emotional core is more hollow and dead than the Lonely Mountain the sepulchral kingdom of the dwarves.

Like Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film, too much of this feels episodic and incomplete, without any deep realization of character.

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